Every year at Fashion Week in New York and Europe, there are certain trends that are easy to spot on every runway. I’m not just talking about the clothes and accessories! Makeup, nail color, and hair styles are an integral part of an overall look. For Spring 2012 we saw all sorts of interesting concepts, from blue lips to wide swaths of orange eye shadow, nude nails to black nails, and hair styles that ran the gamut from straight, to straight out of a sci-fi thriller. When it comes to makeup, pastel is still queen, but bold, is King. It may still be Winter, but there are some key trends you can try now, wear through the warmer seasons to come, along with a few major makeup must-haves.
Bold Brows: The stand-out brow has been strong for a few seasons now. No matter how I try to embrace it, colored-in brows on most women look more Henry Kissinger than hubba hubba, but the trend isn’t stopping. Brows do frame the eyes, and when they’re plucked like a chicken, they look strange. If your brows are old Hollywood thin,embrace the trend of thicker (not necesssarily intensely colored) brows, and let your natural brows grow in (use a brow nutrient if necessary). Be sure to keep them shaped though, or you will look like you didn’t care enough to do anything! Whether or not you then want to darken your brows with powders and pencils is up to you. It’s a dramatic look that needs confidence. But if you do, go a few shades darker than your original eyebrow color but in the same color family. Powder shadow is softer than a pencil. And finally, if you do the intense brow, don’t wear deep eye shadow, intense blush, and a bold lipstick. Your brows will be the focal point.
Bold Lips: Natural lips are some shade of pink. Coloring them blue, black or anything other than a red-centric color is a look for parties or the terminally trendy. But we did see a lot of tangerine lips. If you want to wear this trend, choose a shade that works with your warm, cool or neutral skin tone. The best way to figure that out is to go somewhere and try on lots of shades. Then pick the one that makes you feel pretty, not pretty weird! While most women go lighter on the lips in warmer months, cheery, cherry reds will be with us through the Winter into Spring, so don’t stash your when the days get longer.
Bold Eyes: The smoky eye isn’t going anywhere, and soft pastels are always right for Spring. But we also so a lot of citrus and deep pink tinted eyelids that are trendy and fun.. Many of the holiday makeup kits had a lot of pink, orange, yellow in their selections. As with other makeup colors, finding the right tint to try means experimentation and blending. Application is key to success with bold eyes. You can use just a little unusual color as an eye liner, or go all the way to Batman-bold stripes from lid to brow. Stow the shimmer colors and make this eye color the focus, without too much emphasis elsewhere on your face.
Nude Face: When the other features on your face are being highlighted, a nude face without any blush (or very minimal blush or bronzer) is essential, and an entirely nude makeup face was another trend. But a glowing, no-makeup face looks “fresh” only on very young women with flawless skin. Most of us really need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and decide if we want to go out looking like we went “without.” A good foundation, applied flawlessly, is a must for most. If you can’t pull this off, pass it by. The idea of makeup is to enhance your own, natural beauty, but if this trend doesn’t, ditch it. A nude face doesn’t mean a bare one. Get a foundation that is sheer and slightly glow-y, then add a very light blush and a moistly-matte, sheer gloss. Look twice in that mirror and decide if you need more color. Most women really do need a bit of blush and a lip color that adds pink, not flesh, to their lips. If you do, it’s up to you.
Here are a few pieces from Spring Collections that will help you get the Spring looks you love!
Salma Hayek is a beautiful woman and a successful actress. If anyone knows makeup, it’s the women who must wear it almost 24/7. Nuance, Salma’s line of beauty products are sold exclusively at CVS drug stores. They’re inexpensive and have attractive packaging, plus they’re paraben-free and not tested on animals. So far, so good. The “shtick” is that Salma was inspired by her grandma’s homemade beauty recipes.
Nuance “Color Vibrance” Lipstick ($9.99) in “Coral” is a flattering in Winter through Summer. It’s the one on the top in this photo (there are currently 9 colors in total). As you can see, the case has a clear base that showcases the color within. This is a plus when you’re shopping for makeup you can’t try on in the store, and it also lets you easily see what colors you have in your drawer or makeup bag without having to open the top. As to the lipstick itself, you can’t help but notice that despite it’s “drugstore” affiliation, it’s pampering and moisturizing, thanks to Vitamin E and a moisture-lock protection (not sure what’s in it, but the lipstick is silky and lovely). The coral is a light pastel that helps you work the “citrus” trend without going overboard. But it’s neither sheer nor intense, leaving gaps in color on less than perfect lips. Still, the silky formula still wins me over (I added a smoothing overcoat of gloss).
Another flattering Winter to warmer weather color is plum. You can use it now for a smoky eye, and lighten it up for Spring by using a sheer wash of lavender color, maybe with the deeper color as a liner. Nuance Mineral Eye Shadow Duo in Passion Plum/Sheer Lavender is just $8.49 and very versatile. The colors in this duo compliment each other. The formula is not quite matte, more of a “satin” to add some glow, but not 100 watt. The shadows are velvety and easy to apply. You can also make the shadow more intense and even longer-wearing by applying them wet. I like the teardrop-shaped case (very graceful) with clear cover. This duo is a good value and a lovely way to perk up Winter weary makeup.
Laura Mercier’s Spring 2012 Collection is also a pretty pastel collection, that follows the ladylike trends on the fashion runway. The photos shows the collection: Charcoal Grey Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara ($24) Shades: •Black Laura Mercier Eye Basics ($24) Shades: •Flax •Wheat Laura Mercier Eye Colour Brush ($27) Laura Mercier Cheek Colour Brush ($45) . This collection is at Laura Mercier makeup counters now. The new Creme Cheek Colour ($22.00) is “Innocent Peach.” It is a true, build-able, sheer peach that like most of Laura Mercier’s makeup, seemingly works on everyone’s skin tone and manages to look natural to trendy, depending upon how much you add. The color just “melts” into your skin. If you want a bit of color for a nude look, this blush delivers it, but if you want a lot more color for Winter weary skin, add more and you’ll get it. Perfect! There’s also a new lipstick ($20.00) called “Kissed Lips” that nearly matches the blush. The creamy lipstick is moistly matte and semi-opaque. It is natural and great for when you want color on your lips, but a light touch.
Are you tired of blackened nail polish? There are so many colors to love now into Spring! It’s dramatic, but Orly’s Birds of a Feather collection of Nail Polish ($7.50/bottle) that debuted in Fall 2011, brings a plethora of shimmering iridescent and creme formulas reminiscent of a beautiful flock of bird feathers.
My favorite in this six-pack of colors is “Peachy Parrot,” a very shimmery peach that’s nearly copper, going in the direction of Spring’s tangerine/orange trend. It’s a rusted peach, so you can wear it now without feeling too garden party, but you’ll want to wear this into the warmer months to show you’re “on trend.” Orly’s other current collection have some beauties as well:
‘Hot Chocolate” is a creamy, deep brown that’s the color of melted milk chocolate.
Also there’s a deep glittery berry called “Rock it” that is right for now from Orly’s Mineral FX collection. Theoretically, these polishes are infused with minerals, specifically glass particles, mica, silica and other pigments, which together create the multi-dimensional duochrome effect. The end result is a deep bright plum with a lot of shimmer that looks gorgeous, not gaudy. One coat shows up magenta, two, deep berry. Under bright lights it just glows – like party lights or a glittery tiara for your nails, it just looks so “royal.” It’s great for now, but come Springtime I’ll be wearing it with strappy sandals. http://www.orlybeauty.com